Extracurricular or Essential?

The Texas Education Code requires home schools to teach the following subjects: reading, spelling, grammar, mathematics, and a course in good citizenship. There were days when that was all I could teach, having begun my home schooling career in 1993 newly pregnant and teaching a first grader, kindergartener, a three-year-old, and an eighteen-month-old. There are days…

What About Teacher Certification?

By Brian D. Ray, Ph.D I recently wrote … about the difference between “education” and “school.” Schooling, I operationally defined, is the practice of teachers instructing, teaching, or drilling students (i.e., children and youth) in specific knowledge or skills such as reading, language, mathematics, and arts in a place away from the home and, allegedly,…

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